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Nvidia turbocharges the 2016 Audi TT's virtual cockpit with gaming-speed 60fps graphics

Melissa Riofrio | Aug. 4, 2015
The 2016 Audi TT's engine is turbocharged, and so is the graphics on its new, all-digital ‘virtual cockpit' instrument cluster. We're talking 60fps, the speed PC gamers seek from their monitors--and the speed automakers need on displays to show tachometer, speedometer, and map data in real time.

The navigation is especially good. It uses data from the Here mapping service, enhanced with a Google Earth overlay for accurate, almost lifelike representation of what's ahead. Mapping data is important for high-tech driving: Audi was part of an automotive consortium that just purchased Here from Nokia for $2.7B. 

The 2016 Audi TT will be the first car with the virtual cockpit, but Audi plans to build it into other cars in the near future: The R8, plus the A4 and the Q7. Stay tuned for our eyes-on experience with the virtual cockpit when the TT ships later this summer. 


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